Building & Safety

Building & Safety

Building Codes

What building codes are currently in effect in the City of Riverside?

CBSC LogoState law requires that all cities and counties in California enforce the building codes as mandated by the California Building Standards Commission. The City of Riverside has adopted by ordinance the following model codes as modified by the Sate of California:

  • California Building Code, 2013 edition
  • Uniform Housing Code, 2013 edition
  • Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, 2013 edition
  • California Residential Code, 2013 edition
  • California Mechanical Code, 2013 edition
  • California Plumbing Code, 2013 edition
  • California Electrical Code, 2013 edition
  • California Green Code, 2013 edition
What What are the wind, rain, seismic and other design factors used in the City of Riverside?

The following design factors are utilized in the City of Riverside:

Wind: 85 MPH (usually exposure C)
Rain: 2 inches per hour
Seismic: Seismic Design Category "D2"
Snow load: None
Special roof loads: None beyond the loads specified in Chapter 23 of the CBC
Climate Zone: Zone 10
Soil Types: Vary, check with your geotechnical engineer or soils report.
Who can draw up a set of building plans?

Plans for simple projects such as small single story houses, room additions and garages can usually by drawn up by qualified individuals such as draftsmen. Assuming that these simple projects are constructed within the parameters of the Residential Conventional Construction Requirements, engineering calculations to support the design will not be required. Other projects may require plans prepared and signed by a licensed architect or engineer.

Plans for new commercial buildings, apartments or hotel/motel buildings and changes in the use of existing buildings which cause a change of Occupancy Group generally must be prepared, stamped and signed by an Architect or Engineer licensed to practice in the State of California.

For projects such as routine Retaining Walls, Patio Covers and Second Story Decks, the Building and Safety Division has handouts that include drawings and specifications that can be followed. Those handouts, together with a plot plan showing your project, are accepted as your plans for the project

What is required for Plan Review submittal?

Use the Plan Review Submittal Checklist to view separate checklists for residential and commercial plan review submittal.

How many sets of plans will I need to submit to the City for plan review?

Depending on the type of project, you will need to submit between 2 to 11 sets of plans. By submitting multiple sets, we are able to route a copy of your plans to various Departments so that their plan review is done concurrently. This helps to keep the plan review time as short as possible. To determine how many sets of plans your project requires, see our handout titled: Number of Sets of Plans Required for Plan Check.

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